Examining Racial Residential Segregation Through Public Transportation in Chicago

Authors: Gwendolyn Purifoye*, North Park University, Michael Emerson*, North Park University, Johannes Buerger*, North Park University Chicago
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban Geography, Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: racial maps, transportation, race, segregation, systems
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Madison A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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How might public transportation systems contribute to the persistence of racial residential segregation? Cities, both central and fringe, help to shape and maintain the power and wealth of the urban landscape. Interwoven within these spaces are transportation systems that range from train lines and bus routes to state and interstate highways. This presentation examines how transportation systems in Chicago simultaneously move people through urban spaces while also keeping low-income racial minorities stuck in place along obdurate racial divides. Specifically, using GIS and ethnographic field data, we examine the city’s main transportation systems and show how they are differentiated along the same racial divides as the city’s residential patterns.

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